Some of the teachers have previously been involved Â in terrorist activities. Some operate jihadist websites.Â
ExtremistJihadist preachers have been invited to address assemblies, girls have been encouraged to wear the veil, and, at Park View School, teenage boys have been informed in a sex education class that husbands are entitled to rape their wives. (More from theÂ Daily Mail)
A blog fromÂ Damian Thompson in the Telegraph. He doesn’t say anything that we didn’t already know, but the comments are well worth a few minutes of your time.
Nobody has a good word to say about Islam. Even the trolls can only repeat their tired nonsense once or twice before they are slapped down.Â Comments do not seem to have been deleted yet, but it can only be a matter of time before the blog is closed to new ones.
The imposition of the headbanger ideology Â is a tragedy – for headbangers. Â But secular state schools in Birmingham are not part of the Muslim cult
ure, and their ghettoisation under the years of Labour government is a scandal.
The Trojan Horse files: In their own words, the disturbing views of teachers at the heart of the row over
extremism Islam in schools
- Park View School teacher Inam Ul Haq Anwar backs Islamic
extremistsjihadists on Facebook
- Staff member Abid Ali advocates women and girls should wear the veil
- Birmingham school is at centre of ‘Trojan Horse’ takeover plot allegations
On his Facebook page, Inam Ul Haq Anwar doesn’t call himself a senior teacher at Park View School, which is a large secondary in the multi-cultural Small Heath area that’s just east of Birmingham city centre.
Instead, the heavily-bearded head of department describes his profession much more grandly â€” as an ‘architectÂ of minds’.
If you were to spend a few minutes, as I have, browsing his Facebook profile, you would get a very clear idea of what motivates him to fulfil this remit.
Like most of the 600-plus pupils he teaches, Anwar is Muslim.
Deeply religious, he posts regular comments about Islamic practices and protocols, points readers to website articles supportive of Islam, and often quotes from the Koran.
He also appears to be highly political. In recent weeks, Anwar has condemned incursions by Israel into Arab-controlled Gaza (which he describes as ‘our Holocaust’), criticised U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan and made pointed attacks on Ukip’s ‘retard’ leader Nigel Farage.
On another occasion, he strayed into yet more contentious territory: posting two outspoken messages voicing support for an individual who was appearing in court charged withÂ terror offences.
‘We need everyone to make dua [pray] that [the alleged terrorist] is released and that Allah Almighty alleviates him from this suffering,’ read one, posted on the eve of the hearing.
The following day, after a court ruling, Anwar commented: ‘Know this was not the Judge’s decision, nor the corrupt Establishment’s. Or anyone else’s for that matter. This was Allah jalla wa’ala’s decision.’
He then posted a lengthy quote from the Koran, advising: ‘No matter how great the setback, the struggle between truth and falsehood, justice and injustice, must continue.’
This wasn’t the first time that this teacher, or ‘architect of minds’, had voiced support for an allegedÂ Islamic extremist. Just before Christmas, he took to Facebook to celebrate the ‘great news’ that a bookshop owner from Birmingham nicknamed ‘Abu Bakr’ was to be released early from prison.
‘May Allah make it easy forÂ all those that have been wrongly imprisoned. Ameen!’ he declared.
Abu Bakr, whose real name is Ahmed Faraz, has been frequently described as ‘the terrorists’ favourite bookseller,’ because of the extremist literature his store sells, and the fact its customers have included the leaders of the 7/7 London bomb plot.
He was jailed in 2011 after being convicted of 11 counts of possessing and disseminating terrorist publications. However, he was released last year after winning an appeal on a legal technicality â€” the development Anwar was applauding.
All of which begs a simple question: should a teacher charged with shaping the minds of 600 impressionable Muslim schoolchildren be publicly supporting alleged extremists?
‘Certainly not,’ says Saif Rahman, of the centrist Humanist and Cultural Muslim Association.
‘These are the words of a firebrand. Looking at this guy’s Facebook feed, it rings alarm bells. If he’s saying stuff like this in public, one can only imagine what he’s saying to the kids he teaches in private.’
Indeed one can. But Anwar’s comments are all the more disturbing because his place of work, Park View School, is currently at the centre of the hugely contentious ‘Trojan Horse’ affair.
The heavily-bearded head of department describes his profession much more grandly – as an ‘architect of minds’
The scandal â€” in which a cabal of Muslim extremists is alleged to have taken over the running of Birmingham primary and secondary schools, and ‘Islamicised’ their syllabuses â€” has dominated the news agenda this week.
This is partly due to an explosive dispute between Education Secretary Michael Gove and Home Secretary Theresa May over whose department is most to blame for failing to thwart the extremists.
Next week, the row will continue to simmer thanks to the publication of the first of three separate public inquiries into the affair, by the schools inspectorate Ofsted.
Until now, coverage has focused on hard-line governors â€” with an investigation in the Mail last Saturday detailing how they are said to have driven out non-Muslim teachers at a string of schools.
Our report told how, once the alleged ‘Trojan Horse’ plotters took control of governing bodies, there were reports of segregation in classrooms, banning of mixed PE, swimming lessons, drama and music lessons, and altering of syllabuses to bring religious education, biology, and sex education in line with conservative Islamic teachings.
Extremist preachers have been invited to address assemblies, girls have been encouraged to wear the veil, and, at Park View School, teenage boys have been informed in a sex education class that husbands are entitled to rapeÂ their wives.
Today’s second Mail investigation raises further serious questions.
Our research suggests that the schools are employing a network of young male teachers who share highly conservative â€” some might say extreme â€” Islamic views.
Several anti-extremist organisations, which have seen these teachers’ Facebook posts, believe they raise questions over whether many of the men (including Inam Ul Haq Anwar) ought to be in a position of influence over impressionable teenagers.
Douglas Murray, of the respected Henry Jackson Society think-tank, commented: ‘It is scandalous that somebody who describes himself as “an architect of minds” should also be somebody who supports such men as Abu Bakr.’
‘Did he share his apparent extremism with the pupils whose minds he was claiming to mould?
‘Did he seek to influence them in the classroom?’
These questions will only become more pressing when Ofsted’s report is published early next week. It is believed to have found evidence of malpractice in at least 16 Birmingham schools.
At least six are expected to be placed in ‘special measures’. This is the most serious form of sanction available and allows Ofsted to replace teachers and governors, and even shut down a school.
One of those six is Park View School, where a welter of apparent malpractice has been reported over recent weeks by the Press. There have been reports of the deliberate ‘Islamicisation’ of GCSE syllabuses and of teenagers being taught that homosexuality is evil.
During religious education classes, pupils have allegedly been given lists of Christian teachers and told to try to convert them.
Senior staff stand accused â€” by a former teacher â€” of preaching ‘mind-blowing’ anti-western propaganda in assemblies.
Given this backdrop, the attitudes, loyalties, and political views that head of department Inam Ul Haq Anwar and some of his teaching colleagues see fit to express via Facebook make sobering reading.
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